Everett Artwalk | November Artists at Solie Funeral Home and Crematory
Opening Night– Thursday, November 16th 6pm-10pm with refreshments:
Special Speaker: Renee Roman Nose – (Poetry Event) with open mic conclusion. 6pm-10pm – donations accepted.
Featured Artist: Lisa Bull – (Painting and Spirit Dolls)
Guest Artists: Matthew Barnes (Wildlife photography) – Karen Heistand (Astro Photography)
My story begins with my brother passing away at 32 years young. Around that time, my mother in law gave me a box of beads and my first beading tools. I began creating beaded necklaces for people who special ordered them. While creating them, I would visualize raising & strengthening their vibration. I would also meditate on choosing a special outfit or the right look. I found great joy in the creation of beauty from the raw organic stone of our mother earth.
The Earth Mother Dolls, & Hands Healing the Spirit Dolls were created from those special jewelry designs.
I revealed my creations for the first time at the Women’s Art Show at Skagit Valley College. The gallery helped facilitate path-making for people to travel out of the fog in their lives and into recovery. I utilized the facility to go out and do small workshops making the dolls. They became therapeutic art tools.
In the beginning of May of 2005, I went through the process to volunteer at Seattle’s Children’s Hospital. As I was gearing up to teach the doll classes, I had the unfortunate experience of being severely injured working as a CNA.
I had to have several procedures and operations, both shoulders have been operated on 4 times each, and my neck has had the nerve opening on the left side of my neck drilled out at 3 levels. I was in such agonizing pain. I truly felt suicidal. I sought counseling. I had always felt like Wonder Woman and now here I was a shell of the woman I once was. Feeling such deep pain, I had nowhere to go but up.
My doctor had me make one of my dolls and It took me 3 months to do it. I did it. Each day has been like that one step at a time.
A long 13 years healing from such a devastating accident. I have had lots of time to heal on so many levels.
I have so much gratitude for my life being given back to me. I want to get back out in to the world and help others on their healing paths. I want to help others struggling with pain issues to be able to embrace and express their feelings. I have truly embraced my emotions and intentionally sought guidance all along the way.
I feel that the depths of my journey, in my recovery process, has given me deeper insights in how to reach people who are wounded and have difficulty accessing their feelings. I feel that my art therapy really helps people to find ways to express their feelings where words have difficulty. I would like to share with you the paintings of the Healing Journey I have been on.
Lisa Anna Bull
Renée Roman Nose, MAIS,is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, is an activist, artist, actor, poet, photographer, photojournalist, and cultural anthropologist. She is President of Fierce Courage, providing team building, wellness facilitation, diversity training, motivational speaking and poetry workshops.
She is a published poet, and her book, Sweet Grass Talking, has just been published by Uttered Chaos Press. Her art was featured earlier this year at the Kallet Theater in Oneida, NY. She is a mother, grandmother and a newlywed, married to Brian Patterson, Oneida Nation, Bear Clan Representative.
Renée Roman Nose, MAIS, began her lifelong love of photography at eight years old, having been gifted an old Brownie camera from her Mother. Instantly captivated by this wondrous art form she has been avidly photographing her adventures, family, and friends, since then. She invites you to enjoy the beauty that she endeavors to capture through her lens.